State Budget submissions

Burnie City Council has written to, and met with Treasurer Peter Gutwein, outlining details of key projects for consideration as part of the 2017 State Budget.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “Council has written and met with the Treasurer, outlining a number of key projects that we would like the State Government to consider as part of their budget process.”

“Council is requesting that the State Government makes provision in the 2017 Budget for an investment in the redevelopment of the Burnie Supreme and Magistrates Court. Council is aware that a study has been undertaken into the Tasmanian court system; however it would argue that the economic benefits to the city of Burnie from the Supreme Court, and the legal and professional workforce attached to the court, are such that this investment is critical.”

“One of the key projects that we have been lobbying hard for is the development of the Cooee to Wynyard Coastal Pathway.”

“Both Burnie and Wynyard Councils see this project as having huge benefits, not just for our municipalities but also for the region. The project involves the completion of the coastal pathway from the Emu River at Burnie to the Inglis River at Wynyard, building on the existing pathway from the Emu River to Cooee, and the existing foreshore pathway at Wynyard. This project will create a continuous coastal pathway of approximately 25km.”

“A pathway such as this has the potential to create many benefits for the local economy, tourism industry, as well as the health and well-being of our communities.”

“Council is also asking the State Government to fund pre-development work at Cooee Point, with the aim for potential future use of the site to include residential housing. There are a number of legacy issues associated with this site, which require resolution prior to residential development being carried out. These include relocation of the truck wash and the potential requirement to remediate contamination due to past uses at the site.”

“Initially, State Government funding would allow Council to engage a consultant to review the site and provide advice on the level of contamination. If it were deemed possible to progress, a more detailed assessment of the site would be undertaken.”

“We would also like the State Government to consider the Montello Soccer Grounds upgrade. This project aims to meet the needs of a successful and growing sporting club by providing more and improved pitches, as well as better lighting.”

“The club currently provides facilities for 830 players and members, and it could potentially be the home of North West School’s Junior Soccer program, which currently involves 570 children.”

“Another project on Council’s list is the West Beach Promenade, which would incorporate the extension of the current waterfront to the east and would complete the Waterfront Masterplan which Council commenced constructing in 2009.”

“We are also calling on the State Government to undertake a detailed analysis of the root causes of the Emu River flooding which occurred in June last year. This event caused significant disruption to businesses in the River Road area, and as a result there is a need for the community to better understand the cause of the flood and explore opportunities to mitigate future events.”

“These are all significant initiatives that will positively impact on the future growth of our city and region, and Council is looking forward to seeing a number of these projects included in the State Budget.”


For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728